First Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Sherry Radack

Chief Justice Sherry Radack

Sherry Radack was appointed Chief Justice of the First Court of Appeals in December 2002 and then elected in 2004. Prior to her tenure on the First Court of Appeals, she was elected in 1998 to serve as a civil district judge in Harris County. Before coming to the bench, Chief Justice Radack practiced with the law firm of Bracewell and Patterson. She received... Read more

Photo of Justice Evelyn Keyes

Justice Evelyn Keyes

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Justice Evelyn V. Keyes was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in May 2002. She was elected in November 2002 to the remainder of her predecessor's term and re-elected to six-year terms in 2004, 2010, and 2016. Before joining the First Court, Justice Keyes was a partner in Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson, and Fulkerson, L.L.P.,... Read more

Photo of Justice Laura Carter Higley

Justice Laura Carter Higley

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The Honorable Laura Carter Higley was elected as Justice of the First Court of Appeals in November 2002. She ran for an open seat and was unopposed in both the primary and general elections. In 2008, she received a Judge of the Year Award from P.O.L.I.C.E, Inc., an organization devoted to examining and promoting courtroom excellence. Also, in 2008 she... Read more

Photo of Justice Russell Lloyd

Justice Russell Lloyd

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Justice Russell Lloyd was elected to the First Court of Appeals and took the oath of office on January 1, 2015. He has practiced trial and appellate law for thirty-five years. He served for ten years as Judge of the 334th Civil District Court in Harris County, Texas, where he presided over thousands of cases and more than 300 jury... Read more

Photo of Justice Peter Kelly

Justice Peter Kelly

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Justice Peter Kelly was elected to the First Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018

Photo of Justice Gordon Goodman

Justice Gordon Goodman

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Justice Gordon Goodman was elected to the First Court of Appeals in 2018. Justice Goodman is a member of the Texas State Bar, Pennsylvania Bar, and Energy Bar Associations. Before serving on the bench, he started his career with the Whittenburg Law Firm in Amarillo, TX, where he focused on civil trials, appellate work, oil & gas law, banking law, and... Read more

Photo of Justice Sarah Beth Landau

Justice Sarah Beth Landau

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Justice Sarah Beth Landau was elected to the First Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018

Photo of Justice Richard Hightower

Justice Richard Hightower

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Justice Richard Hightower was elected to the First Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018

Photo of Justice Julie Countiss

Justice Julie Countiss

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Justice Julie Countiss was elected to the First Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018